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Cowboys QB Prescott 'good to go' for crucial NFL clash against Eagles

By Sports Desk December 19, 2019

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott insisted he will be fit to face the Philadelphia Eagles in a crucial NFL showdown as both teams vie for a playoff berth.

Prescott's availability for Sunday's blockbuster has been questioned due to a sprained right shoulder suffered in the opening quarter of last week's victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFC East title will be on the line when the Cowboys visit the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field – both franchises sharing 7-7 records atop the division with two games remaining in the regular season.

Cowboys star Prescott allayed fears over his availability, telling reporters on Thursday: "I'll be good to go Sunday.

"I'm getting better, simple as that. Mobility, function of it, it's all improving. That's the key. That's the goal… It's just annoying. I mean, it's nagging. Definitely dealt with a lot more pain, so it's just annoying.

"It [the injury] happened early in the game [against the Rams] and I was fine, played throughout the whole second half without it being a problem, without it being an issue. And I expect the same this Sunday."

Prescott, who did not attempt a throw during Thursday's portion of practice open to the media, added: "It's frustrating. I'm a guy that likes to be in the action. I don't like to sit back, don't like to take any reps off, but it's good mentally.

"It's always fun just challenging yourself, and right now it's just a mental challenge. Same preparation in the game plan, if not doubling down, since I don't get those physical reps."

On Prescott's limited preparation, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan: "You like for everybody to be out there practicing, but I'm totally convinced that he'll be in top form.

"And we've got to have him in top and he will be in top form. So, I think the situation has been described accurately. These are things that guys play with and they practice with. So, I think we're in good shape. Not worried about it."

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    Ezekiel Elliott issued an apology following the Dallas Cowboys' heavy loss to the Arizona Cardinals, admitting after two costly fumbles: "I need to be better".

    The Cardinals improved to 4-2 as they thrashed the Cowboys 38-10 in Texas, running all over their opponents as they amassed 261 total rushing yards in the one-sided contest on Monday.

    Dallas were without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Week 5 win over the New York Giants. The defeat drops them to 2-4 for the season, though they still remain top of the NFC East.

    Running back Elliott insisted the result was not down to Prescott's absence, instead pointing to his pair of fumbles in the first half as key moments. Having lost possession on back-to-back drives, he accepted responsibility for the result.

    "I don't think we can use that [Dak's absence] as an excuse," Elliott told the media.

    "I'm just going to keep saying it over and over - I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off.

    "I want to say I'm sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better."

    Both turnovers led to touchdowns for Arizona and, after Kenyan Drake put the Cardinals 14-0 up, Tony Pollard - not Elliott - was on duty at running back for the Cowboys.

    Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy made clear that despite the change during the game, Elliott remains the team's lead back.

    "Every player who plays in this league, and it's no different on our football team, if you don't take care of the football it obviously affects your opportunities," McCarthy said in his post-game media conference.

    "Tony got an opportunity, I thought he did some really good things. At the end of the day, Zeke is our bell cow and we need to get it right. He's part of the plan and he's going to be part of our success.

    "We need to get it right and take care of the football, that's for everyone who touches the football on our team."

    Elliott finished the game with 49 rushing yards on 12 attempts, while Pollard had 31 yards on 10 carries.

    The Cowboys are on the road in Week 7, taking on divisional rivals Washington.

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